Public Meeting on Drafting Eastern Lake Ontario Unit Management Plan to be Held June 5

A public meeting will be held on June 5 to help draft the Eastern Lake Ontario Unit Management Plan, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced on May 22.

The meeting sessions will be held at the DEC’s Salmon River Fish Hatchery, 2133 County Route 22, Altmar, from 10 a.m. to noon, 2 to 4 p.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

“The State Forests in this unit are best known for the crystal clear waters in the many tributaries to the Salmon River and the abundant winter’s snowfall and associated winter outing activities such as snowmobiling, snowshoeing and X-country skiing,” said Regional Director Ken Lynch.

The Eastern Lake Ontario Unit includes Altmar, Chateaugay, Sandy Creek and Trout Brook State Forests along with adjoining conservation easement lands along the Salmon River.

In total the unit consists of 6,275 acres of state lands within Oswego County and includes lands in the towns of Albion, Boylston, Orwell, Richland and Sandy Creek. The ELOUMP will guide management actions for the Unit to help achieve the goals of providing healthy, sustainable and biologically diverse forest ecosystems.

The open house sessions will allow the public to interact with DEC staff and view displays in an informal setting.

The public is encouraged to learn more about the unit management planning process, raise questions and share comments about use and management of the unit lands.

DEC will accept public comments the development of the Eastern Lake Ontario Unit Management Plan through July 8.

The public can provide written comments during the open house sessions or send their comments to Dan Sawchuck at NYSDEC, Salmon River Fish Hatchery, 2133 County Route 22, Altmar, NY 13302 or email: [email protected]

For additional information about the meeting, contact Sawchuck at (315) 298-7467 or email: [email protected]